OHTO Co., Ltd. Tokyo, Japan was founded in 1929.
It is one of the long-established pen manufacturing companies in Japan.
In its long history, the company has made a number of advanced inventions and left its mark in the writing instrument industry of Japan and the world as well.
It was after the Pacific War that ballpoint pens began to be manufactured in Japan.
Ballpoint pen was first developed by Hungarian Laszlo Biro in 1943 and spread to the world, especially in the United States, after World War II.
In 1949, OHTO launched a pencil-shaped wooden ballpoint pen and became the first ballpoint pen manufacturer in Japan.
|First ballpoint pen manufactured in Japan(OHTO), 1949|
The ink of ballpoint pen is high viscosity oil-based ink. Thus writing was not so smooth.
In 1964 OHTO surprised the world by developing a water-based ink ball point pen.
These days, it is called Rollerball Pen.
|World's first water-based ink ballpoint pen pioneered by OHTO in 1964|
Now a days, so many manufacturers are making Roller pens which was first innovated by OHTO.
OHTO's water-based ink refill(C-300 Ceramic Roller Refill) is still the standard refill for Roller Pens in Japan.
Many global manufacturers are using Ceramic Roller Refill in their high quality Roller Pens.
In 1999, OHTO developed a new concept "NEEDLE-POINT" in ballpoint.
It is a combination of oil-based Soft ink and Needle shaped tip.
In this ballpoint pen, the Tip is changed from conventionl Cone shape to pipe like Needle shape.
It secures a wide field of view at the time of writing, making it easy to see the pen point, convenient to draw a line with a ruler.
NEEDLE-POINT became the synonymous with OHTO.
Now, OHTO produce NEEDLE-POINT Roller pen, Ball pen(soft ink) and Gel pen as well.
With Japan's first mass-produced ballpoint pen, the world's first water-based ballpoint pen, the world's first gripper pen, and NEEDLE-POINT, it turns out that OHTO is a manufacturing company with an innovativeness and originality that makes it different from others.
|1929||Established in Tokyo, Japan and started manufacturing high quality dyes and ink.|
|1949||Manufactured world's first pencil shaped ballpoint pen with chrome ball.
This is the first Made In Japan ballpoint pen.
|1960||Developed non-smudged ballpoint pen tip with 0.6mm ball along with document ink, first in the world.|
|1962||Launched retractable type ballpoint pen, first in the world.|
|1963||Developed revolutionary ballpoint pen with tugsten carbide ball of very good preservation stability, first in the world.|
|1964||Manufactured ballpoint pen refill with transparent pipe, first in the world.|
|1964||Developed revolutionary ballpoint pen using waterbased ink, first in the world.
This innovation added new product category in the ballpoint pen history naming it as ROLLER PEN.
|1968||Launched pencil type ballpoint pen having texture groove at the top.|
|1978||Introduced the rubber grippered ballpoint pen, first in the world.|
|1981||Invented a revolutionary Roller Pen CERAMIC ROLLER PEN which uses rust free Ceramic Ball as its writing ball.
* Ceramic Roller Pen(model CB-10F) was officially used at the 1990 Economic Summit of Industralized Nations.
|1991||Developed pigment ink Water-proof/Fade-proof Roller Pen.|
|1999||Manufactured single blocked Needle Tip, first in the world.|
|2006||Launched gel ink Roller pen with Ceramic Ball.|